How To Set Up a Projector
Projectors are pretty amazing devices that take image and video viewing to the next level,these devices have made a lot of progress over the years in terms of image quality and usability and are more than capable of providing users with the ability to setup their own theatre. New projector models are even coming with 3D viewing functionality. However, projectors aren’t like TVs or other displays, you can’t just plug them in and start using them, there are plenty of small things to adjust and consider to make sure that the projector is able to function properly and that you are able to get the most out of this device.
Setting up a projector can be a little confusing for people who are new to using them, but the end result is worth the effort since a properly setup projector can provide a viewing experience that no TV screen ever can.The first thing that you need to do is to find a spot to place your projector, make sure you put it on a flat and stable surface and that its lens faces towards a flat and clear wall or screen,the distance between the projector and the surface on which the image will display depends on what type of lens does your projector have. Projectors with short throw lenses are ideal for smaller rooms and can be placed pretty close to the projected surface todisplay a large and clear image, however, if your projector has a standard lens then make sure to put it at least 10 feet away from the projected surface.
After you’ve found a place where you wish to place your projector, make sure that there are no obstacles between the projector and the screen/wall andensure that it’s set at an appropriate height.If you place a projector too low or toohigh, then the image will become vertically distorted, if your projector’s lens has a vertical shift, then you can be more forgiving with the height.
You should also make sure that the screen/wall on which you’re projecting is flat and clear, screens often perform better than walls since they’re designed to reflect colours better and provide a sharper image, but a simple wall should be good enough too. Now that you’re finally done with the positioning it’s time to plug in the projector to a device, most modern projector setups make use of HDMI connections so find the right ports and plug in your cable, make sure that the cable isn’t being stretched too much and that it doesn’t turn into a tripping hazard in the dark.
Once you’ve plugged in your projector thenit’s time to run a few tests to make sure that the projection is calibrated, most projectors come with a built-intestbut if yours doesn’t have one then simply google an alignment image and display it on the projector. Now look at the alignment image and align the projector’s lens with the centre of the screen/wall, the lens zoom and focus is controlled from controls on the projector or from a remote if your projector comes with one.
Now for the final touch select the right picture mode, projectors have various picture modes just like TVs do, and the right one for the right situation can significantly affect the quality of the image. Now your projector should be fully setup, and you’re ready to get the most out of your home theatre setup, if you want to improve the installation further, then you can consider investing in a surround sound system too. However even without a good surround sound setup, if you’ve followed all the steps correctly then your projector experience is bound to become a whole lot better.